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200 metres Breaststroke, Men

Date26 – 30 August 1960
LocationStadio Olimpico del Nuoto, Roma
Participants42 from 30 countries

The world record in 1960 was held by Australia’s Terry Gathercole who had placed fourth at the Melbourne Olympics in this event, and he was back in Rome. But the times were much slower in Rome as underwater breaststroke had been ruled illegal as of 30 April 1957. In the semis, Bill Mulliken of the USA set an Olympic record for the new style, recording 2:37.2, far better than his personal best of 2:40.9 coming into Rome. He won the final in 2:37.4, edging out Japan’s Yoshihiko Osaki who posted 2:38.0. Gathercole made the final but placed sixth.

1Bill MullikenUSA2:38.0 (1 h1)2:37.2 (1 h1)2:37.4 (1)Gold
2Yoshihiko OsakiJPN2:39.1 (1 h6)2:38.2 (2 h1)2:38.0 (2)Silver
3Wieger MensonidesNED2:39.0 (1 h3)2:39.3 (2 h2)2:39.7 (3)Bronze
4Egon HenningerGER2:42.4 (4 h5)2:38.5 (3 h1)2:40.1 (4)
5Roberto LazzariITA2:41.2 (2 h3)2:40.3 (4 h1)2:40.1 (5)
6Terry GathercoleAUS2:41.7 (2 h4)2:39.1 (1 h2)2:40.2 (6)
7Andrzej KłopotowskiPOL2:41.4 (2 h5)2:40.8 (4 h2)2:41.2 (7)
8Paul HaitUSA2:40.8 (1 h5)2:39.6 (3 h2)2:41.4 (8)
9Arkady GolovchenkoURS2:41.0 (1 h2)2:40.9 (5 h1)
10Georgy ProkopenkoURS2:39.2 (2 h1)2:41.0 (5 h2)
11Mihai MitrofanROU2:41.8 (4 h2)2:41.6 (6 h1)
12Christopher WalkdenGBR2:41.5 (3 h2)2:41.7 (7 h1)
13Gilbert DesmitBEL2:42.4 (2 h6)2:41.8 (6 h2)
14Isao MasudaJPN2:41.2 (1 h4)2:42.3 (7 h2)
15György KunságiHUN2:42.2 (3 h5)2:42.4 (8 h2)
16Đorđe PerišićYUG2:41.1 (2 h2)2:44.2 (8 h1)
17Vítězslav SvozilTCH2:42.4 (5 h5)
18Tommie LindströmSWE2:42.8 (3 h6)
19Pekka LairolaFIN2:43.3 (3 h4)
20William BurtonAUS2:43.9 (4 h6)
21Konrad EnkeGER2:44.6 (3 h3)
22Gerard RowlinsonGBR2:45.0 (3 h1)
23Bernt NilssonSWE2:45.7 (4 h4)
24Richard AudolyFRA2:46.5 (4 h3)
25Steve RabinovitchCAN2:47.2 (5 h4)
26Farid Zablith FilhoBRA2:48.6 (5 h2)
27Engin ÜnalTUR2:49.0 (4 h1)
28Guillermo AlsinaESP2:51.4 (5 h6)
29Gershon ShefaISR2:51.7 (6 h6)
30Laurel LeeTPE2:52.8 (6 h4)
31Emilio DíazESP2:52.9 (6 h5)
32Trương Ke NhonVNM2:53.0 (7 h5)
33Antonio SalosoPHI2:53.3 (5 h1)
34Pierpaolo SpangaroITA2:53.8 (5 h3)
35Roland BoullangerFRA2:54.4 (6 h2)
36Nikolaos ZakharopoulosGRE2:56.4 (7 h6)
37Werner RisiSUI2:56.6 (7 h4)
38Nicolas WildhaberSUI2:58.7 (7 h2)
39Tony WilliamsSRI2:59.8 (6 h3)
DQGerald BraunerAUT– (DQ h1)
DQErny SchweitzerLUX– (DQ h5)
DQLászló FelkaiHUN– (DQ h1)
DNSOtman SiregarINA– (DNS h3)
DNSAdrian OanţăROU– (DNS h1)

Round One (26 – 27 August 1960 — 21:10)

Fastest 16 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

15Bill MullikenUSA2:38.0Q
24Georgy ProkopenkoURS2:39.2Q
36Gerard RowlinsonGBR2:45.0
42Engin ÜnalTUR2:49.0
57Antonio SalosoPHI2:53.3
DQ1László FelkaiHUN
DQ8Gerald BraunerAUT
DNS3Adrian OanţăROU

Heat Two

14Arkady GolovchenkoURS2:41.0Q
23Đorđe PerišićYUG2:41.1Q
36Christopher WalkdenGBR2:41.5Q
45Mihai MitrofanROU2:41.8Q
57Farid Zablith FilhoBRA2:48.6
68Roland BoullangerFRA2:54.4
72Nicolas WildhaberSUI2:58.7

Heat Three

15Wieger MensonidesNED2:39.0Q
23Roberto LazzariITA2:41.2Q
34Konrad EnkeGER2:44.6
42Richard AudolyFRA2:46.5
56Pierpaolo SpangaroITA2:53.8
61Tony WilliamsSRI2:59.8
DNS7Otman SiregarINA

Heat Four

15Isao MasudaJPN2:41.2Q
24Terry GathercoleAUS2:41.7Q
32Pekka LairolaFIN2:43.3
43Bernt NilssonSWE2:45.7
56Steve RabinovitchCAN2:47.2
67Laurel LeeTPE2:52.8
71Werner RisiSUI2:56.6

Heat Five

15Paul HaitUSA2:40.8Q
28Andrzej KłopotowskiPOL2:41.4Q
33György KunságiHUN2:42.2Q
44Egon HenningerGER2:42.4q
56Vítězslav SvozilTCH2:42.4q
67Emilio DíazESP2:52.9
72Trương Ke NhonVNM2:53.0
DQ1Erny SchweitzerLUX

Heat Six

14Yoshihiko OsakiJPN2:39.1Q
26Gilbert DesmitBEL2:42.4q
35Tommie LindströmSWE2:42.8
43William BurtonAUS2:43.9
57Guillermo AlsinaESP2:51.4
62Gershon ShefaISR2:51.7
71Nikolaos ZakharopoulosGRE2:56.4

Swim-Off (27 August 1960 — 15:40)

14Egon HenningerGER2:39.5Q
25Gilbert DesmitBEL2:41.1Q
33Vítězslav SvozilTCH2:41.7

Semi-Finals (29 August 1960 — 20:40)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

14Bill MullikenUSA2:37.2Q
25Yoshihiko OsakiJPN2:38.2Q
38Egon HenningerGER2:38.5Q
42Roberto LazzariITA2:40.3Q
53Arkady GolovchenkoURS2:40.9
61Mihai MitrofanROU2:41.6
77Christopher WalkdenGBR2:41.7
86Đorđe PerišićYUG2:44.2

Heat Two

17Terry GathercoleAUS2:39.1Q
24Wieger MensonidesNED2:39.3Q
33Paul HaitUSA2:39.6Q
42Andrzej KłopotowskiPOL2:40.8Q
55Georgy ProkopenkoURS2:41.0
68Gilbert DesmitBEL2:41.8
76Isao MasudaJPN2:42.3
81György KunságiHUN2:42.4

Final (30 August 1960 — 22:00)

14Bill MullikenUSA2:37.4
25Yoshihiko OsakiJPN2:38.0
32Wieger MensonidesNED2:39.7
43Egon HenningerGER2:40.1
51Roberto LazzariITA2:40.1
66Terry GathercoleAUS2:40.2
78Andrzej KłopotowskiPOL2:41.2
87Paul HaitUSA2:41.4